Jan 18, 2007 8:49am
Augusta: Let's Flesh It Out A Little
Just in case there are those of you who have begun to think that all I do is get involved in off-topic, sarcasm filled exchanges, I offer the following:
OK, I know that Mudcat, myself and others have often referred to the Augusta 10/12/84 show with reverence, primarily focusing on the Dew; but what about the rest of the show? Do we feel the same way about that? Well, I do and I figure I'd dig into a bit more, maybe give some impetus to those folks who haven't checked out the whole show to give it some time.
First off, the sound of the Aud tapes here are pretty good, not amazing, but pretty good. Not overpowering audience noise and a full, rich sound; puts you on the floor of the Civic Center, with all the pluses and minuses that go with it.
Things kick off with a very spirited Stranger, maybe not an amazing version, but extrememly solid. We then get a Roses, a personal favorite of the Jerry ballads. The highlight here is when Jerry whips out one of his growls that weren't present in his earlier days, but could just pierce my soul with their power, in the "my eyes no longer see" line. That moment alone gives me shivers, but the solos he produces can make ya' cry as well. This artwork is followed by an "On The Road Again", again solid. We then get "Jack-A-Roe", another favorite reworking of an old song that traces its roots back to an old English tune (similar to Peggy-O). This version features some outstanding picking by Jerry and good vocal work (though at times muddy on the Aud). The folowing All Over Now is good, but then Jerry puts his Pickin' Shoes back on for Cumberland Blues, attacking the solos with great flourishes of speed. We then get a Music Never Stopped closer that builds nicely and packs a pretty good punch at the end.
Now, the meat and potatoes: the Second Set.
Things kick off with one of my favorite versions of Cold Rain, with Jerry's vocals just steaming along, especially at the end where he once again whips out a couple of those growls that let you know despite the fact that he may look like a homeless, bearded version of the Skipper, he is on top of his game this night and really throwing himself into things. We then are treated to an exceptional Sailor/Saint, with the final build up and crescendo a thing of beauty. Well, to the dissapointment of some, Brent then whips out Don't Need Love, which normally might stomp my buzz, but seems to fit here and is one of the better versions I've heard. This flows seemlessly into a 15 minute UJB with a fantastic finishing jam into drums/space. Space then morphs into a very nice Playin' which ends with a quick trip back to finish UJB. Now, we get those three notes that let you know Dew is a comin'. Much has been said of this Dew and most of it by me. I am fully aware that many people like this version but will point to others as "the best". Not me. This one, featuring Jerry just reaching far back and coming out with the deepest, most heart rending growls I've ever heard, is truly heart rending. Maybe not the longest or best played technically, but for me that doesn't matter. Soul shaking is the best way I can put it. Well, after being put through the emotional wringer of the Dew, they seemed to realize that nothing could follow it, and left the stage only to return with a very spirited Good Lovin' to send the crowd home with a SMILE on their collective faces.
Let me throw in my usual disclaimer here: The views expressed above do not necessarily represent those of anyone else other than the author, who in no way expects others to feel the same way. This is purely a summation of a personal veiwpoint. All he asks is that if you have not heard the entire show, take some time and do so. After doing so, you can then choose to agree or disagree with the opinions contained herein.
This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-01-18 16:49:57